2012 Winged Foot profiles: Alex Fogg, Community School

Alex Fogg

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Alex Fogg

Alex Fogg, Community School Winged Foot finalist

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Alex Fogg, Community School Winged Foot finalist

— Alex Fogg was not going to get cheated on his high school experience.

So Fogg kept adding activities during his four years, even as a senior. After participating in golf, soccer and track and field his first three years, he added cross country as a senior.

Why?

“I could see that we kind of needed another guy to get them to states,” said Fogg, who will be heading to Princeton with interests in foreign affairs and chemistry. “It wasn’t my favorite, but it was good training for the spring (track) season obviously because that was our goal.”

Even so, Fogg improved as the cross country season went on, becoming the No. 3 runner while still competing in golf at the same time. The cross country running paid off in the spring, when he set school records in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays, and 400 and 800. The 4x800 team placed fourth at the 1A state meet.

Fogg had plenty of experience at state competitions. He found the differences among golf, cross country and track and field fascinating.

“I had the opportunity to go to states four times, which has been really exciting,” he said. “One of the interesting things is to get to see the different feels of the different state meets. It’s certainly a different feel — the track, and cross country, the golf. Just to get to one state meet is awesome, but to see ... the excitement, the accomplishment of everybody just getting there, is something that I really appreciated being able to do. And to be able to do it in the way we did it, with such a tight-knit group of guys, was probably one of the most rewarding things for me.”

While Fogg’s extensive list of extra-curriculars may seem daunting to some — or most — he wasn’t doing all of it to pad his résumé. He was doing them because he really enjoyed them.

“I think I’ve wanted to balance it, which I think is really important,” he said. “I think some people, they end up doing lots of things, and maybe some of them they don’t really want to be doing. As strange, or maybe unbelievable as it might seem, I truly did enjoy everything I did, and the things I didn’t enjoy doing, I didn’t do.

“You only get four years of high school. I really thought you need to make the most of it, because you’re not always going to have as many opportunities. ... I always tried to make sure that whatever I do, I did well, and put enough time into it to make it worth it for me and whoever I was doing it with and (was) counting on me.”

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